Stock markets close at record highs on earnings optimism

RSTV Bureau
File Photo of Bombay Stock Exchange Building in Mumbai.

File Photo of Bombay Stock Exchange Building in Mumbai.

Markets continued to set records for the second straight session today with both the Sensex and Nifty closing at life-time highs, as investor optimism climbed on corporate earnings season that kicks off later this week.

The BSE Sensex gained over 31 points to end at a new peak of 31,747.09. The broader Nifty gained 15 points to finish at fresh record high of 9,786.05, a day after a technical glitch hampered trading on its platform for over three hours.

Matrket expectations are rife that key macro data such as inflation and industrial production – slated for tomorrow – will be ncouraging, which accelerated buying pace today.

The BSE 30-share Sensex resumed higher at 31,789.50 and advanced to touch a new all-time intra-day high of 31,885.11, surpassing its previous record of 31,768.39, clocked in yesterday’s trade.

It shed much of its early gains on profit-booking towards the fag-end and settled at fresh life-time high of 31,747.09, up 31.45 points, or 0.10 per cent. The Sensex surpassed its previous record closing of 31,715.64 hit yesterday.

In two days, the index has gained 386.45 points.

Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty zoomed past the 9,800-mark for the first time to hit an all-time high of 9,830.05 but failed to maintain record levels on late sell-off, and settled at 9,786.05, up 15 points, or 0.15 per cent.

It broke its previous record closing of 9,771.05, hit yesterday after touching an intra-day high of 9,782.15.

Today’s session started on a positive note owing to cheerful mood across the globe. Subsequently, we saw extension of yesterday’s rally on NSE to reach yet another milestone of 9,800. However, as expected, we witnessed some profit taking at higher levels towards the fag-end to trim major portion of early morning gains.

Looking at past couple of day’s action, we believe that the situation is a bit hunky-dory now and traders have started becoming too complacent,” Sameet Chavan, Chief Analyst- Technical and Derivatives, Angel Broking said.

Stocks of some sugar companies were lapped up after the government yesterday raised import duty to 50 per cent, from 40 per cent, to restrict cheap inward shipments and support domestic prices.

Major gainers in the sugar space included Dhampur Sugar, Triveni Engineering and Eid Parry, rising by up to 1.03 per cent but a few others gave up initial gains and ended in the negative zone on profit-booking.

“Market touched new high as continued buying by domestic investors in expectation of revival in FY18 earnings despite some volatility in the first quarter. But the pace was not sustained due to US FEDs testimony tomorrow which is widely expected to provide the timing of balance sheet trimming,” Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services Ltd said.

Brokers said investor sentiments remained upbeat since the trouble-free rollout of GST on July 1 coupled with steady inflow of buying by Domestic Institutional Investors (DIIs).

Further, a firming trend at other Asian markets and a higher opening of European shares tracking gains across the US and Asia as investors kept a close eye on oil prices and looked ahead of new earning season, also boosted sentiments.

However, investors turned cautious towards the fag-end of the session in view of the US Fed’s testimony tomorrow, which is expected to provide timing on balancesheet trimming.